A Quebec study published recently in the journal Public Health is calling out neglectful Canadian parents – and there plenty of them, according to the results.
Three in ten children are neglected by their parents.
However, the definition of “neglect” is questioned even by the authors behind the study.
A large number of people said they sometimes left children as young as six months alone in a vehicle for a short period of time.
Many parents in the 4,400 member strong test group admitted to leaving their kids aged 10 to 15 alone at home.
Marie-Eve Clement, Canada research chair in violence against children at the University of Quebec and lead researcher on the study, couldn’t decide if those two examples were cases of neglect.
“Maybe you have kids, you leave them while you put gas in your car, while you pay, when they’re six or seven years old. Is this neglect? I’m not sure.”